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GAURA lindheimeri

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James H. Schutte

Family

Onagraceae

Botanical Name

GAURA lindheimeri

Plant Common Name

Lindheimer's Beeblossom

General Description

Lindheimer's beeblossom is a long-lived hardy perennial that is native to Texas and Louisiana. It has an airy habit, fine green, rose or purple-hued foliage and tall stems lined with delicate, open, five petaled flowers with long prominent anthers. These bee and butterfly magnets appear from early summer to fall and are generally pink in bud opening to white. Remove spent flower stalks to extend flowering and prevent self-sowing. There are many beeblossom cultivars that vary in height, vigorousness, foliage color and flower color.

Beeblossom is tolerant of drought, heat and humidity. It prefers sites with full sun and average soil with ample drainage. Plant it in sunny perennial borders and wildflower gardens. Smaller varieties are suitable for containers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    South-Central United States, Texas

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green, Rose

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green, Rose

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light Green, Rose

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes